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Pet Q&A With Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Teddy's celeb vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney has some advice Teddy reader, Kristen, who asks:

"My doodles name is Stella, aka "Beast" - Shes so big and shes still a puppy, about to be 3 yrs old in September, When she gets excited she jumps and jumps high! How can we get her to stop, especially when we have young kids for neighbors?

Also, she has a constant craving for bread and butter, or other things on the counter, they are easy access for her, any advice there?!?!

Last one, she seems to dislike swimming/water… anyways we can get her used to it?!"

Dr. Patrick's answer:

As "doodles" (Golden-, Labra-, etc) are energetic and medium to large sized pooches, we have to be extra vigilant in working on their less than ideal behaviors to promote a peaceful and safe household.

As I am not a dog trainer (I am a dog, after all), it is best that you pursue some real-time guidance from a reliable trainer in your area. Perhaps you know of neighboring dog owners that have needed some help with unruly pooches. I'd also contact Stella's breeder for a specific suggestion of a trainer that has helped Stella's cousins in the past.

As for the jumping, turn your back on Stella's attempts to jump and ignore her (for just a short time, until she calms down). If you don't give Stella the attention she craves, she will be less inclined to jump up in the first place.

Regarding her tendency to counter surf, she can potentially cause herself life threatening illness from dietary indiscretion (eating things she should not), so make sure no one in your household leaves anything tasty up on the counter. If she has a place where she likes to spend time (her crate, dog bed, etc), then reward her with praise and (maybe) a dog or other healthy food treat for sitting/staying calmly in that spot.

Since behavior problems can ultimately manifest as physical health problems, it is best to be vigilant in resolving them. Consistency is the key, so often YOU need to be trained as to how to best deal with Stella's behaviors on a day to day basis.

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